Robshaw driven on by disappointment

Date published: July 13 2015

Chris Robshaw admits the disappointment of missing out on the 2013 Lions tour has been driving him on ahead of the World Cup.

The England skipper was left out of Warren Gatland's squad to Australia, just as he had been omitted by Martin Johnson two years earlier at the World Cup.

However the flanker has established himself as England captain under Stuart Lancaster and doesn't plan on suffering the same disappointment again.

"It does make you more determined. You never want to go through the tough times, and I wouldn’t want to go through that one again," said Robshaw.

"But they happen in life. It’s about making sure that if you do get a setback, you react to it the right way.

"When all of a sudden questions are asked and you need to adapt and think on your feet, that’s when you see what you’re about.

"I’ve gone through highs and lows – so hopefully we’ll be ready for all things thrown at us this summer."

England are currently in Denver as they continue their World Cup preparations, and Robshaw revealed that he has spoken to former England skipper Will Carling and some of his teammates who reached the 1991 final which also took place at Twickenham.

"I spoke to those guys and they told me how the scrutiny built and built the further they went," he added.

"It just magnified. We have to be ready for that, especially as now rugby is much more under the spotlight."